#RPGaDay 18: Which RPG have you played the most in your life?
I’m trying really hard to figure out how I can spin the answer “Dungeons & Dragons” out into an entire blog post here. The answer to this one came easy, but then I interrogated it. An entire decade went by without me touching D&D. Until 3rd edition came out, I was entirely content to never play D&D again. College for me was an era of experimentation in different games, and I was happy to play World of Darkness, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, and so on until I turned old and gray.
But D&D’s revitalization has meant that post-college, it’s easily the most played game, which puts it back on top. It’s just easier to get people together around a table for something like D&D, which has rooted itself so thoroughly in the mainstream that you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who couldn’t give you at least a half-correct summary of what D&D is. You can’t do the same thing with other RPGs. It’s the great grandaddy of them all. And since I’ve lost my dedicated gaming groups since moving away from Colorado, what’s easiest to get going matters more to me than what I enjoy most. A bad day playing D&D is better than a good day playing nothing at all!
For the month of August, I will be participating in #RPGaDay. I haven’t posted much on this blog about my love for role-playing games, and for a while, I wasn’t really acknowledging that love myself. But RPGs were my entry point in the the geek lifestyle, and they are very important to me. I’ll be exploring my relationship with RPGs all month with these posts.